Tag Archives | Paranormal

Defining the Supernatural

Juliana Coutinho (CC BY 2.0)

Juliana Coutinho (CC BY 2.0)

Richard Carrier writes:

There is a trend in science and law to define the word “supernatural” as “the untestable,” which is perhaps understandable for its practicality, but deeply flawed as both philosophy and social policy. Flawed as philosophy, because testability is not even a metaphysical distinction, but an epistemological one, and yet in the real world everyone uses the word “supernatural” to make metaphysical distinctions. And flawed as social policy, because the more that judges and scientists separate themselves from the people with deviant language, the less support they will find from that quarter, and the legal and scientific communities as we know them will crumble if they lose the support of the people. Science and the courts must serve man. And to do that, they must at least try to speak his language. And yet already a rising tide of hostility against both science and the courts is evident.

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Alien Abductions: Facts and Origin

Noliv O (CC by-nd 2.0)

Noliv O (CC by-nd 2.0)

via Live Science:

Hundreds of thousands or millions of Americans believe they have been abducted by aliens. In a typical case, an abductee recounts lying in bed one night when an eerie feeling overcomes him, and alien beings appear out of nowhere. The extraterrestrials transport him to a spacecraft and subject him to a battery of physical and psychological tests. After what seems like hours, he is returned to his bedroom unharmed, and finds that the whole ordeal transpired in minutes.

Abductees think their traumatic experiences were real. However, most psychologists think abductions are lucid dreams or hallucinations, triggered by an awareness of other people’s similar experiences. One recent experiment, in which participants trained in lucid dreaming techniques were able to dream up vivid alien encounters, supports this hypothesis. But if each perceived abduction is just the latest in a series of hallucinations, what was it that triggered that first dream or delusion?

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Is It Legal To Kill A Ghost?

It’s pretty universally agreed that Ghosts can be quite the inconvenience (All of those Paranormal Activity movies wouldn’t lie to us…)

But since a ghost is apparently the surviving soul of a human, if anyone ever destroyed one, could they then be charged with having committed murder?

This might seem to be an incredibly pedantic question, but a number of real-life court cases have probed the legality of Ghost-a-cide.

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[Poll] Favorite Film Genre

826 PARANORMAL (CC by  2.0)

826 PARANORMAL (CC by 2.0)

Happy Halloween, Disnfonauts. I hope you all have a good and safe weekend. We’re starting a new poll today, a little bit different than some of the others–and definitely more mundane. With that being said, it’s something that I’ve been curious about for quite sometime now. I want to know your favorite film genre. Of course there is a lot of overlap, and I tried to stay away from the sub-genres (the list would be giant with them). I’d also like to note the contention around animation: is it really a genre? Or is it a technique that encompasses all genres? Personally, I always hesitate to definitively label it as a genre, but a lot of folks do, so I’m including it here.

The last poll was a simple “yes” or “no” question.

Have you ever had a paranormal experience?

  • Yes (64%, 526 Votes)
  • No (36%, 296 Votes)

Total Voters: 822

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Satan’s Hollow – The Portal from Ohio to Hell

This video by a YouTube channel called ‘”Believe’ A Paranormal Experience” follows two young men on a pilgrimage/road-trip across country to visit paranormal places. Their last stop requires venturing into a storm drain known as “Satan’s Hollow” which allegedly hosts/hosted devil worshipers and demonic rituals. The radio device they use to communicate with the netherworld at the end is a nice touch.

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[Poll] Have you ever had a paranormal experience?

By 826 PARANORMAL via Flickr.

By 826 PARANORMAL via Flickr.

In keeping with the tradition of Halloween, this week’s poll will be a short yes or no question: Have you ever had a paranormal experience? If the answer is yes, feel free to recount what happened in the comments.

Here are last week’s results:

Favorite Cryptid?

  • Reptilians (18%, 98 Votes)
  • Bigfoot (Sasquatch) (17%, 91 Votes)
  • Mothman (14%, 75 Votes)
  • Kraken (13%, 74 Votes)
  • Loch Ness Monster (8%, 43 Votes)
  • Chupacabra (8%, 42 Votes)
  • Jersey Devil (6%, 34 Votes)
  • Hellhound (5%, 30 Votes)
  • Yeti (5%, 26 Votes)
  • Goatman (3%, 17 Votes)
  • Giant Anaconda (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Grassman (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Shunka Warakin (1%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 551

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Man Fined for Pretending to be a Ghost in Cemetery

Classy.

Engraving from 1804, used in the article Hammersmith ghosts. The image comes from Kirby's Wonderful and Scientific Museum, volume II published in 1804 in London.

Engraving from 1804, used in the article Hammersmith ghosts. The image comes from Kirby’s Wonderful and Scientific Museum, volume II published in 1804 in London.

via The Scotsman:

A MAN has been fined after pretending to be a ghost in a Portsmouth cemetery.

 Anthony Stallard, 24, was seen kicking a football around with a friend in Kingston Cemetery after the pair had been drinking.

He was reported to police, who detained him and charged him with using threatening or abusive words, or behaviour likely to cause distress.

Tim Concannon, prosecuting at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court, said: “While the football was going on they were shouting and this defendant was effectively singing loudly and being disrespectful in among the graves.

“He was throwing himself backwards, waving his arms about and going ‘wooooooo’. I’m assuming he was pretending to be a ghost.”

Stallard had accepted at an earlier hearing that his behaviour could have been seen to cause distress to grieving relatives, and had pleaded guilty.

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The Poltergeist Phenomenon

A compelling interview with historian Christopher Laursen about the presence and history of poltergeists.

A 14-year-old domestic servant, Therese Selles, experiences poltergeist / spontaneous PK activity in the home of her employer, the Todeschini family at Cheragas, Algeria, as featured on the cover of the French magazine La Vie Mysterieuse in 1911.

A 14-year-old domestic servant, Therese Selles, experiences poltergeist / spontaneous PK activity in the home of her employer, the Todeschini family at Cheragas, Algeria, as featured on the cover of the French magazine La Vie Mysterieuse in 1911.

via The Daily Grail:

Christopher Laursen is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia whose dissertation focuses on poltergeist phenomena. I first met him at the Parapsychological Association’s 2012 conference, and have been glad that his web magazine, the Extraordinarium, has allowed me to continue following developments in his research over the past few years. His PhD dissertation, titled Mischievous Forces, looks at the shifting perspectives on poltergeist phenomena in the 20th century, focusing on changing research paradigms in the United States and UK during this period. It’s with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to interview him via email regarding his work and recent developments in his studies, including an online survey of people who have experienced purported poltergeist phenomena (Click Here to take the survey).

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Is Bigfoot Psychic?

Frame 352 from the Patterson-Gimlin film, alleged by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin to show a Bigfoot, and by some others to show a man in a gorilla suit.

Frame 352 from the Patterson-Gimlin film, alleged by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin to show a Bigfoot, and by some others to show a man in a gorilla suit. View it here.

A small faction of the Bigfoot believers community thinks that the mysterious Sasquatch beast is an inter-dimensional psychic.

via ScienceBlogs:

With the appearance of a shaky 24 feet of filmstrip in 1967, Bigfoot stepped into the limelight, out from centuries of Native American myth, unsubstantiated yarns, and mysterious footprints. Ever since this footage — the so-called “Patterson-Gimlin Film” — the Bigfoot has fiercely entertained, spooked, and howled through popular consciousness, becoming as potent an icon of the region as the spotted owl — or grunge music, for that matter.

There are those, however, who take the beast very seriously. They claim that until the Patterson-Gimlin film is satisfactorily debunked, or the hundreds of other sightings they have under their belts reasonably explained, then they’re going to keep conducting the earnest field work that is the backbone of organizations such as the BFRO (Bigfoot Research Organization).

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Woman In China Hospitalized After Ghost Radar App Causes Her To See Spirits Everywhere

spirits in the crowdThe dangers of using smartphone apps to tap into the spirit realm, via The Star Online from Malaysia:

A 23-year-old woman is in hospital after she allegedly saw spirits while trying out a so-called ghost-hunting application on her smartphone, Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported.

The woman, known only as Wu, from Hubei, China, claimed to have seen spirits around her when she first tried the app.

When she went to the cemetery with her parents during the Qing Ming festival, she tried the application again. This time it allegedly showed three spirits by her side, leading her to have sleepless nights for three days. She had to seek medical treatment in a local hospital.

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